The breakthrough ceremony for Monte Olibano tunnel, which forms part of the project to upgrade and expand the Cumana Railway, was held this morning in Naples and was attended by Vincenzo De Luca, President of Campania Region, Vincenzo Figliolia, Mayor of Pozzuoli, Umberto De Gregorio, Chairman of EAV, as well as Paolo Astaldi, Chairman of Astaldi Group, and Filippo Stinellis, CEO of Astaldi Group.
The new tunnel forms part of the project to double the Cumana Railway line along a section measuring approximately 5 km and includes, inter alia, works to adjust the route of the old single-track Monte Olibano tunnel, construction of new stations in Pozzuoli and Cantieri, updating of Gerolomini station and works to double the railway track for the Dazio-Cantieri section. Performance of these works will make it possible to finally complete doubling of the railway line, allowing for an underground-style transport service on the complete Cumana line, with a high frequency of trains and high safety standards. Completion of the planned upgrading and expansion of the railway is scheduled for June 2023. The network, which comprises the Cumana and Circumflegrea lines and 33 stations, serves the whole of the western part of the Naples metropolitan area and the Phlegrean catchment area, a highly-populated area that is set to expand even further as a result of the constant growth of housing and tourism.
The Cumana line, which is currently being upgraded, links the centre of Naples with the municipality of Bacoli along a route of approximately 20 km in length, running through the city’s urban fabric (Montesanto, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Fuorigrotta, Bagnoli), as well as a number of towns in the Phlegrean area such as Pozzuoli, Arco Felice, Lucrino, Baia, Fusaro and Torregaveta.
Paolo Astaldi, Chairman of Astaldi Group stated: “Today is an important day for Astaldi Group and for the Cumana Railway. As regards the Group, breakthrough of Monte Olibano tunnel offers proof of the group’s viability and overcoming of the crisis it has experienced. As for the project, today sees the creation of the conditions for final completion of upgrading of the Cumana line. Today’s ceremony is possible thanks to the efforts of recent months and the successful collaboration with authorities, institutions, workforce and suppliers which allowed for the works to go ahead in such a difficult period as the current emergency Italy is experiencing. This was done while fully complying with the strictest procedures adopted to protect the health and safety of employees, contractors, suppliers and customers which is an absolute priority for our Group”.
Speech by President of Campania Region from the Cumana construction site